***** The Marine Visitor Centre is now re-open, with new policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone *****

– Unless exempt, please wear a face covering
– Only one household, or two individuals inside at any time
– For health & safety, we’ve had to modify our displays and minimise our hands-on experience
– Opening days/hours are subject to weekly change – please check our facebook page for most recent updates

Octopus Centre
Learn more about Arran’s Marine Protected Area

The Octopus Centre is Scotland’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA) visitor centre, and the UK’s first community-led MPA visitor centre. It is led by COAST with the people of Arran. This project has only come together thanks to the drive, skills and commitment of over a hundred volunteers working along with our staff, and through many generous donations and grants.

We thank our funders and all the people who have donated their time, talent or money towards this project.